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VIDEO: Community Gathers for Pool's Reopening

Memorial Park and Pool project represents "best of what Chatham Borough has to offer," mayor says.

Mayor Bruce Harris, Councilman James Lonergan and numerous other Chatham volunteers, officials, contractors and employees gathered Saturday to mark the official reopening of .

The efforts made to rejuvenate the fields and the pool, Harris said, represent "the best of what Chatham Borough has to offer," because residents paired with elected and appointed officials to determine what improvements to make.

The park, Lonergan said, will serve as a new home for the softball team, and the pool has already garnered "well above" members from previous years. As of Saturday, Lonergan said, about 170 adults and 130 children were signed up as members for the 2012 summer pool season.

Harris and Lonergan thanked those who made the renovations possible, including Robert Zecca of Z-Tech Contracting Inc., the company which won the contract for the park and pool improvements. Zecca, a former Chatham resident, "wanted to make something we could all be proud of," Harris said.

Harris also thanked Deputy Recreation Director Carol Nauta, the pool's head lifeguard Amy Nauta, Borough Engineer Vincent J. DeNave, the Chatham Athleteic Foundation, Cindy Steffens, all the members of the Memorial Park and Pool Committee and everyone who helped make the rain garden a reality, including and Green Path Landcare.

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